Despite the goofy looking poster, and lackluster trailer, I was looking forward to David Hayter’s wolves. Sure, it looks extremely Twilight’ish, but it was directed by Hayter, and boasted “ALL PRACTICAL EFFECTS”, which is partly true. I tried really hard to enjoy this movie, but there were some things I just couldn’t get past. More about that in a second, for right now, let’s talk about Werewolf Night at Toronto After Dark. Following a screening of The Drownsman tonight, Toronto After Dark 2014 turns hairy, featuring a double feature of werewolf films, both of which I’ve seen already. One of them is Late Phases, directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano, a name you should be familiar with by now, but if not, he’s responsible for films such as Here Comes The Devil, and Cold Sweat. We’ll be talking more about that film later, but for now, we’re focusing on the other part of that double feature, which is Hayter’s Wolves.
7.00 PM WOLVES (CANADA/USA)
An action-packed coming of age werewolf tale from David Hayter (writer of X-MEN, X-MEN 2) pitting Lucas Till (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST) against Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES). Director Hayter, also known as the voice of Snake in the best-selling Metal Gear Solid game series, will be in attendance for a lively Q&A with fans at this special North American Premiere Screening!
Screens with short film ROSE IN BLOOM
It feels odd to me, that Wolves is an R rated film in the first place, because almost the entirety of the running time is utilized for tween’ish romance drama. I have no idea why Jason Momoa is fighting a little blonde-headed high school kid over a high school girl, but he is, and now that you know that, you know what the entire movie is about. If you see the poster, and you watch the trailer, and it makes you fear that you’re in store for something along the lines of Twilight, then you are correct. That’s what this is. There are some slightly-r-rated moments, but for the most part, it feels like it should have been trimmed for a PG-13. It’s like the movie suffers from an identity crisis. It wants that R rating, but the subject matter within the film is not going to appeal to an R-rated audience. We get some blood here and there, and a brief sex scene where you can see a tad bit of nudity, but other than that, there’s nothing really gnarly to speak of.
I like Jason Momoa most of the time, but his character in this film just annoyed me. He’s a spoiled little bitch. He could basically have any woman he wants to breed with(let’s face it), so why it is he wishes to mate with this particular teeny-bopper is beyond me. I know there’s like, family history and all of that, as her parents have promised her to him because, you know, lineage and all, but it’s a thin excuse to pit Momoa, who is 35, against a high school kid because he wants to stick it in his girlfriend. There’s nothing particularly wrong with this movie, other than the fact that I felt like it wasn’t made for me, and I have already seen reactions from some of the people that rented it on VOD, and they seem positive. I think “identity crisis” is the best way to properly articulate to you, whether or not you should invest time into seeing Wolves. If you’ve seen any of the Twilight films, imagine that, focused solely on werewolves, with some mildly-r-rated awkwardness, and you have David Hayter’s Wolves. If that sounds like something you would enjoy, then the film is currently available on VOD. If not, there are plenty of badass films coming hot off of the Toronto After Dark front for you to seek out. The second part of their Werewolf double feature is a much stronger film, so look for that review later in the day, or early tomorrow.
Jeff will be by soon to offer up his recap of the day, so stay tuned for that as well.